This was the heartwarming scene when a dog at an animal rescue shelter adopted a partially paralysed lamb.
Local woman Fatma Seren had taken in the lamb at the shelter she runs in the Iznik district of north-western Turkey’s Bursa Province after it was born on a local farm.
The little lamb cannot walk or even stand unaided because it was born with severe problems in the joints of all four legs.
Animal lover Seren is determined to help the lamb, which she has named ‘Yildiz’ (Star), get on its feet and was also expecting to have to feed it by hand.
But fortunately for her, a dog at the rescue shelter, called ‘Sosis’ (Sausage), has taken to Yildiz and is now nursing the lamb.
Sosis, which has previously breastfed two orphaned kittens, feeds Yildiz every time the lamb bleats to let her know it is hungry.
Fatma, who looks after about 85 animals at her shelter, said she was amazed the first time she saw Sosis feeding Yildiz.
She said: “Yildiz’s owner took care of it only for one week because it was born with its legs partly paralysed.
“Then they brought it to me and I took it to the vet. There is a problem in the joints of all four legs. Even after an operation, there’s only a 50 percent chance of it walking.
“I decided to treat it myself with therapy even if it takes a long time. I have managed to get paralysed dogs to walk before.
“We started with the therapy and vitamins and will see if Yildiz can start walking slowly. The vets didn’t give us much chance but we still have hope. I hope it will walk one day.”